From iconic landmarks and world-class art and architecture to momentous history and gastronomic flair, France brings a lot to the table. Holidays here are as diverse as you want them to be: sightseeing and shopping in Paris, epic outdoor adventures in Bordeaux and sun-soaked days on the coveted beaches of the Côte d'Azur just a handful of the experiences on offer. And did somebody say wine? Should you be in need of a little inspiration for your holidays in France, it’s coming right up. Dive in to discover some of the very best places to stay in holiday homes in France.
1. Paris holiday rentals
France’s cool and cosmopolitan capital oozes extraordinary heritage, ancient history and Parisian style. A cool pick for culture vultures, croissant connoisseurs and loved-up couples alike, Paris holiday lettings place you right in the heart of the action in cute apartments and studios with winding staircases, shabby-chic designs and balconies for 2. For families, holiday homes in the Bussy-Saint-Martin and Saint-Georges neighbourhoods are among the many options for accommodation for Disney holidays in Paris.
2. Holiday lets in Bordeaux
Home to some of the country’s most graceful streets, the world’s wine capital is filled with places to eat well and drink better. Aside from the world-class architecture and fine wines, the UNESCO-tagged city of Bordeaux has a few more tricks in store. There’s the dazzling line-up of art museums for starters, then comes boat excursions on the Garonne and visits to sun-drenched vineyards. Bordeaux holiday rentals might be luxury apartments beside the river, though a jaunt to the surrounding countryside reveals some of the best cheap holiday gites in France.
3. Normandy holiday rentals
Though forever associated with the bravery of the British, US and Canadian soldiers who stormed its beaches in 1944, and rightly so, Normandy is not just a big hitter where European history is concerned. The region’s quiet villages and medieval old cities play host to all manner of architectural wonders and cultural delights, not least the intricate Bayeux Tapestry and the island monastery of Mont St-Michel. The best places to stay in Normandy holiday lets include the seafood haven of Barneville-Carteret and Giverny, the latter home to Monet’s house, gardens and world-famous water lily lake.
4. Accommodation in Burgundy
Like Bordeaux, France’s beguiling region of Burgundy is renowned the world over for its wine, though the appeal of the area rarely ends with finding a new favourite tipple. For history buffs, Romanesque remains – some of the most intact in Europe – beg to be explored, while foodies rejoice at the taste of signature boeuf bourguignon, celebrated cheeses and glasses of chilled, old vine Chablis. For accommodation, consider a rural retreat in a holiday cottage for 2 or treat the whole family to a break in a sprawling farmhouse rental.
5. Nice holiday lets on the Côte d'Azur
Curved around the seductive Bay of Angels, the Côte d'Azur capital has a reputation for being something of a glamourpuss. Join a well-heeled crowd to stroll along the iconic Promenade de Anglais, sip hot espressos in Place Garibaldi or head to Old Town to shop for fragrant fresh flowers on the Cours Saleya. While there’s accommodation in Nice to suit every taste and budget, luxury villas with pools prove a satisfying choice – and leave visitors with little wonder as to why Nice is among the top destinations for South of France holidays.
6. Holiday lets in Brittany
France’s northwesternmost region is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Brits heading across the channel on a ferry. Beautiful beaches abound all along the coast, though there are none quite as dramatic as those found near Brittany’s Pink Granite Coast – a 12-mile stretch of pink-hued granite rocks. Charming harbour towns like Auray, one of Brittany’s so-called small towns of character, offer a relaxed place to stay, though romantic breaks may be better spent enjoying the seclusion of holiday rentals on the car-free island of Île de Batz.